|Women's Basketball RESULTS
|Florida 75, FIU 68
|Arkansas 67, Memphis 57
Big Night From Moss Leads Gators Past FIU
MIAMI, Fla. – Sydney Moss turned in a 28-point performance for Florida on Thursday night and the Gators picked up a road win in the first round of the NIT over Florida International, 75-68. Florida (19-14) overcame a deficit at half by outscoring the Panthers (19-13) by nine in the second half, securing a spot in the second round of the tourney.
Moss, a freshman from Union, Ky., knocked down 13 of her 23 shot attempts on the night to pace the Gators’ offensive effort. As a team, Florida hit 46 percent of its field goals in the victory while limiting FIU to just 36 percent on the other end of the floor.
The win did not come easy for UF, as the Gators had to overcome a heroic effort from FIU’s Jerica Coley. Coley dropped in 37 points for the Panthers to go along with seven rebounds and four assists, but it still was not enough to down the Gators at home. Coley was a perfect 18-for-18 from the free throw line on the evening, and FIU knocked down 23 of their 26 freebies as a squad.
Jaterra Bonds lent a big hand as well for Florida, adding 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the victory. UF was able to overcome 13 giveaways against the Panthers despite trailing by as many as 11 points throughout the contest. Tough defense did the trick for the Gators, who notched seven steals and four blocks while only allowing FIU to convert on one of its 12 attempts from 3-point range.
Jennifer George hauled in six rebounds for UF in the game, while Kayla Lewis led the team in that category off the bench with eight boards.
Arkansas Dismisses Memphis to Advance in NIT
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark – Arkansas welcomed Memphis to town on Thursday night for a first round NIT battle, and the Razorbacks sent the Tigers packing with a 67-57 defeat. Dominique Wilson led the way for the Hogs (20-12) on the evening, dropping a team-high 15 points on six-of-seven shooting.
Arkansas got out of the gate quickly on Thursday night, racing out to a 39-21 lead after one half of play. From there, all the Hogs needed to do was hold off the Tigers in the final 20 minutes and cruise to the finish line. Arkansas forced Memphis into 13 turnovers on the evening and knocked down seven 3-pointers to create separation from the visitors.
Calli Berna chipped in 14 points for Arkansas in the victory, knocking down four of her seven shots and dishing out six assists in the process. Quistelle Williams added a double-double effort with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Sarah Watkins threw in eight points and six boards off the bench for good measure.
Ariel Hearn led the way for Memphis, scoring 16 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists. Nicole Dickson added 14 and five rebounds, while Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir notched 11 points of her own in the loss.
Arkansas shot just under 40 percent on the evening, while Memphis managed to hit about 37 percent of its shots. The Razorbacks out-shot the Tigers from beyond the 3-point line (41 percent to 22 percent) and at the free throw line (73 percent to 60 percent), which helped them build as much as a 20-point advantage.